Exciting Times for Indian Women's Hockey, Saturday as They Aim for Paris 2024!
Exciting Times for Indian Women's Hockey, Saturday as They Aim for Paris 2024!

The Indian women's hockey team is set to chase their dream of securing a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympics, and all eyes are on the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024 taking place in Ranchi, Jharkhand, from January 13 to 19.

The tournament, featuring eight nations, holds the key to the Summer Games in Paris. Only the top three teams from this event will earn the golden ticket to the Olympics happening in July and August. Indian fans can catch all the action, as the FIH Women’s Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024 will be available for live streaming and telecast in India.

Here's a quick look at the team groupings:

Pool A:

Czech Republic
Pool B:

New Zealand
United States
The format involves round-robin matches in the group stage, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the semi-finals. The finalists are guaranteed a top-two finish and, subsequently, a spot in the next year's Olympic Games. The bronze medal match will be a chance for the losing semi-finalists to secure their Paris 2024 ticket.

India's journey begins with a match against the USA on January 13 at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi. The venue holds special memories for India, where they clinched the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy last year.

Savita Punia will lead the team as the goalkeeper, with Nikki Pradhan serving as her deputy. Unfortunately, the team will miss the services of Vandana Katariya, who suffered a cheekbone fracture ahead of the tournament.

Ranked at number 6 globally, India is the second-best team in the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024, just behind Germany. Fans in India can catch the live action on JioCinema for streaming and Sports18 1 and Sports18 1 HD TV channels for live telecast. Don't miss the chance to cheer for the Indian women as they aim for glory in Paris!

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